Mid-Atlantic Adopts Strategic Plan to Reduce Equine Fatalities: THA 3/27/19

Press Release: Concluding more than a year of regional discussion, study, review and consultation, the entire Mid-Atlantic region’s Thoroughbred racing industry on March 21 voted unanimously to formally adopt and fully implement a long-term and forward-thinking Mid-Atlantic Strategic Plan to Reduce Equine Fatalities. All of the region’s racetrack operators, horsemen’s organizations, breeders’ organizations, racing commissions

ARCI Convention: Panel Raises Bisphosphonate Concerns: The Bloodhorse 4/4/18

By: Frank Angst Veterinarian Jeff Blea, chairman of the racing committee of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, relayed a story from a couple years ago when he asked a room of about 200 equine vets if any of them had administered bisphosphonates? Four or five raised their hands, but ... "Afterward, about 25 or 30 of

Steady Strides Toward Safety: Blood-Horse 6/2/17

By: Frank Angst In 2016 nearly 150 horses who seven years earlier might have been lost to catastrophic breakdowns while racing, safely walked off the track after competing and returned to their barns. Those accidents that never happened can be attributed to an industry that has worked to gather better information on catastrophic breakdowns, new

EIPH Research a Fundraising Priority for AAEP Foundation: AAEP 8/22/16

By: AAEP News Room The AAEP Foundation, the charitable arm of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), today announced its designation of exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) research as a fundraising priority. EIPH refers to the presence of blood in the airways of a horse’s lung during exercise. The condition is commonly reported in racehorses

Studies on Lasix Administration Progressing:Blood-Horse 3/23/16

By: Frank Angst In a presentation at the Association of Racing Commissioners International conference March 23 in New Orleans, Jockey Club executive director Matt Iuliano highlighted studies examining the efficacy of administering furosemide at least 24 hours before a race. RCI president Ed Martin noted that some conference presentations will allow member commissioners to see

Backpedaling on Progress: The Bloodhorse 2/9/16

By: Eric Mitchell How many ways can the racing industry find to undermine its own efforts? Sadly, too many. The most recent surfaced last week when the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association announced it wanted to pay for new research that would set thresholds and withdrawal times for 28 therapeutic medications allowed under the

RMTC STATEMENT ON METHOCARBAMOL (ROBAXIN) THRESHOLD/ TREATMENT PROTOCOLS

NEWS RELEASE October 8, 2015 Contact: Dionne Benson, Executive Director, RMTC, (859) 224-2844 RMTC STATEMENT ON METHOCARBAMOL (ROBAXIN) THRESHOLD/ TREATMENT PROTOCOLS The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission recently suspended trainer Graham Motion for five days and fined him $500 for a medication overage involving the winner Kitten’s Point in Keeneland’s Bewitch Stakes. Kentucky officials determined that Kitten's

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